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Simulation

Description

Simulation games are created with the goal of putting the player in control of a certain activity while attempting to make it as realistic as possible.

In the strictest sense of the word, all electronic games are simulations, since they cannot exist without simulating aspects of real life. However, simulation genre only includes games that focus (entirely or mostly) on imitating real-life activities. That does not mean that simulation games must be completely realistic; for example, space combat simulation games simulate an activity that is (yet) unknown to human beings. The distinguishing feature of simulation games is their emphasis on realism and detail comparable to those encountered in real life.

Most simulation games are not story-driven, since they concentrate on describing general activities, not concrete situations. Among notable exceptions are Wing Commander games, which combine space combat simulation with a continuous narrative.

Simulation themes vary greatly; theoretically, they are limited only by the amount of activities known to human beings. Simulation themes include, for example, traffic networks, medical care, romance, music, and many others.

Simulation games can be roughly divided into five main groups:
  • Managerial simulations put the player in a position of a manager or a similar role.
  • Construction simulations primarily involve building, for example cities.
  • Life simulations may deal with human life or life in general.
  • Professional / Social simulations are dedicated to specific social activities and professions.
  • Vehicle simulations allow the player direct control of a vehicle with a certain sense of realism, for example plane, space ship, tank, etc.
Simulation can also be used as a modifier for other genres, for example Strategy (realistic re-creation of historical battles), Racing / Driving (particularly realistic vehicle-handling, tuning, repair, etc.), or Sports (team management, training, trading, etc.).
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Rescue Pilot - Mission Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Rescue Pilot - Mission Pack is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator X. The player will be flying twelve authentic...

Apple II (1984)

Simulated strategic war game players use a helicopter to attack enemy ground and air targets, and give air coverage for...

Rescue Squad Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983)

This three-part game loosely simulates the work of an ambulance driver rescuing people from a fire. First, you are trying...

Restaurant City Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Restaurant City is a simulation game on Facebook in which the player is tasked with managing a restaurant. The player...

Restaurant Empire Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Do you have what it takes to be a world famous chef? Start out the game with a single restaurant...

Restaurant Empire II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2012)

Restaurant Empire II is a food establishment management game and the sequel to Restaurant Empire. The Campaign mode contains a...

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

Live players here act out the roles of either diners or servers in a restaurant, the data gathered on their...

Browser (2009)

Restaurant Life is a game similar in concept to Restaurant City. The player takes on the role of a restaurant...

Restaurant Story iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2010), Android (2010) and iPad (2010)

Restaurant Story is a simulation game in which the player opens and manages a restaurant. In the beginning of the...

Retribution DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Early into the 24th century man was on the verge of extinction. Before stellar colonization, war loomed close on Earth...

Retro Expansion Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Retro Expansion is an add-on for Race 07: Official WTCC Game, featuring eight new retro cars and new tracks, including...

Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Rettungsdienst-Simulator 2014 is a managerial simulation in which the player is responsible for an ambulance garage. The basic procedure: The...

DOS (1989) and Apple IIgs (1989)

Revolution '76 is a political, economic and military simulation of the struggle for independence of the American colonies.The game begins...

Revs+ Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987)

Revs+ is the sequel to Revs. The game adds new circuits to the original game's Brands Hatch and Silverstone: Oulton...

Game Wave (2005)

Re-Wind is a trivia quiz game that can be played with up to six players simultaneously. It includes questions in...

Game Wave (2006)

Re-Wind 2005 is the sequel to the trivia quiz game Re-Wind and it is completely identical in overall gameplay, with...

Game Wave (2007)

Re-Wind 2006 is the third and final game in the trivia quiz game series. It is completely identical in overall...

rFactor Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

rFactor is a racing simulation game that focuses on user generated content. The game allows the player to race in...

rFactor: Special Edition 2008 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

rFactor Special Edition 2008 is a special release of the racing game rFactor. This version installs rFactor version 1.255 and...

Browser (2005)

RIB Challenge is intended to advertise the RIBs 4 kids course (RYA Powerboat Level 1) at Salcombe Powerboat School, which...

Richard Burns Rally Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004) and Gizmondo (2005)

Licensed by the late 2001 World Rally Champion, Richard Burns, this rally game tries to find a niche by adding...

DOS (1991) and Macintosh (1991)

Enter into fishing competition with your partner and Bass Master Pro, Rich Tauber. This early simulator offers more than 20...

Ride! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Ride! is a simulation of the equestrian sport and offers three championships. The simulation aspiration is emphasized by the fact...

Riding Hero Neo Geo Front Cover

Neo Geo (1991), Neo Geo CD (1995) and Arcade (1990)

Riding Hero is a motorcycle racing game with three modes of play: W.G.P. mode, R.P.G. (Story) mode, and Multi-Play mode.In...

Riding Star Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Riding Star is an equestrian simulation where the player has to take care of a horse and ride it in...

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